Judged by Loyd Grossman, Tom Parker Bowles, Stacie Stewart and Anne Harrison, the show is on the hunt for Britain's best dish.
Digital Spy caught up with presenter Carol Vorderman to find out why the show is "more Antiques Roadshow than X Factor" and got the scoop on a naked gardener contestant who revealed a little bit more than his plum pudding recipe.
What is Food Glorious Food all about?
"Obviously, it's a show about food! Ha! What we're trying to do is find the best home recipe. The prize that you probably know about is £20,000 and the final result is that their dish will be available to buy from Marks & Spencer, which is fantastic."
So you've basically spent a couple of months eating lots and lots of food?
"Yes. I get to eat loads of food! Once we finished filming I went on a detox. I will be on a detox for three months because I've eaten so much. Once you've eaten certain types of food you just keep eating those types of food, so I need to retrain my body.
"The most shocking thing was the sequence of the food. I would try anything that I could try. But that meant I was having bread and butter pudding in the morning for breakfast, followed by curry for elevenses. I'd often get told off for eating the food before it was supposed to go on camera. I won't just try things either, I'll eat the whole thing. I ate vast amounts of food."
Were there any dishes that you refused to try?
"There was one from a man who gave us what he called 'the world's hottest curry'. He was in the Yorkshire and North-East region and he had this story, which he thought was hilarious, about giving it to a mate of his, who ate a plateful of it and then half an hour later, an ambulance had to be called. I thought, 'I'm not going anywhere near this'.
"So we ended up having a bit of a competition and Tom Parker Bowles and one of the runners ended up giving it a try. They both went into shock and they only had a dessert spoonful. Their eyes were streaming and they were almost hallucinating on this stuff. So I refused a taste of that."
Simon Cowell is one of the people behind the show - have you heard from him much during filming?
"It's his company Syco, who are a co-production on the show, but he's not been hands on in it. He obviously knows about it because it's one of his company's programmes. He loves the edit that he's seen so far, but I really don't want you to think that he's actively involved in this. This is not X Factor. It's not like that at all. It's got a very British feel and it's very eccentric.
"Even the people who don't get through are very happy and have had a lovely day. It is a competition, but we don't promote that and it doesn't have that edge to it. It's more Antiques Roadshow than X Factor.
"I would call it eccentric. But not daft eccentric. Although we did have the naked gardener turn up. That was a bit dangerous."
Was the naked gardener an actual contestant?
"Yes, he was one of our cooks. He was wearing an apron so he wasn't totally naked, he was filmed from the back quite a bit. I would occasionally come around to where he was cooking, have a look for five seconds and then quickly come back to the front. He was one of our cooks and he just turned up naked. I've no idea why."
Can you tell us about some of your favourite contestants?
"We had 92-year-old Eunice from Cornwall, who has been making Cornish pasties every day since she was a child. Eunice is very special. She's 92 and never stops talking. The wisdom of Eunice should be its own programme.
"She would chat with me about all sorts, 'You know Carol, these young people today are all sleeping around'. She was hilarious and she was always up for a challenge and keeping busy. She was just great fun. She should get her own series.
"So we did have all sorts of characters. In Brighton, we had a drag queen, Miss G, 6ft 9 in heels and full regalia - but importantly a great cook. There was also a woman who had been married three times and she had a dish that she always used when she thought that she was going to be proposed to and it always worked.
"So lots and lots of characters. It's very amusing, sometimes laugh out loud funny and sometimes very touching. There's a great variety to it and it's not just about how good a cook someone is. It's about people."
Do you think TV food shows have been guilty of being too pretentious in the past?
"For me, I love Delia [Smith]. I really love Delia because I learned to cook with Delia. I don't like things that get shouty or when you get four people cooking a steak with caramelised onions like it's life or death. It's not life or death, it's a bit of meat. 'Oh this is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.' No it's not! You've cooked a bit of meat. I can't deal with that.
"I like James Martin and I love Jamie Oliver's stuff, especially his school dinners campaign. I don't like shows with aggression. Although some people might say Loose Women gets a bit aggressive!"
Food Glorious Food starts on Wednesday, February 27 at 8pm on ITV.